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PHI-2010-VU01 - Comparative Religion

Synonym: 185059
Location: Winooski
Room: CCV Winooski 203
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 01:00P - 04:30P
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-11-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: James Blynt | View Faculty Credentials
Open Seats/Section Limit: 16/18 (as of 11-05-19 8:15 AM)
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Global Perspective/Sustainability
Human Expression
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

Introduces and compares such major religions as Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. Students study mythical, ethical, and cultic aspects of these religions through reading and discussion of both sacred writings and literature of religious commentary.

Essential Objectives:

1. Trace the history and mythological origins of the world's major religions.
2. Interpret the stories, myths, and scriptures associated with the world’s religions.
3. Compare the beliefs, ethical teachings, and rituals of selected religions.
4. Examine the role religion plays in individual lives and in the global community.
5. Analyze the ways in which the world’s religions connect and conflict through their histories, beliefs, and practices.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

For better or for worse, religion has always played a central role in human civilization. It guides the thinking of millions. It influences political, social, and economic decisions. It enriches the lives of many people, and, in other instances, it leads to intolerance and persecution. It has been the excuse for wars, and it has also been a source of compassionate behavior and good works. No one can fully understand human history and current events without knowing something of the history, beliefs, stories, and practices of the world's religious traditions. This course attempts to survey, in an objective fashion, those histories, beliefs, stories, and practices.

Required Texts:

God Is Not One by Stephen Prothero
What Jesus Meant by Garry Wills
Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

Evaluation Criteria:

All grades carry equal weight except for class participation, which will be recorded as two grades: (a) attendance, (b) quality of participation and classroom courtesy. The 2 lowest quiz/essay scores will be dropped (the two participation grades cannot be dropped) before computing the final average.

Grading Criteria:

A+ through A-: For any work to receive an "A," it must clearly be exceptional or outstanding work. It must demonstrate keen insight and original thinking. It must not only demonstrate full understanding of the topic or issues addressed, but it must also provide a critical analysis of these. In addition, an "A" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly and thoughtfully articulate his or her learning.

B+ through B-: For any work to receive a "B," it must be good to excellent work. It must demonstrate strong originality, comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "B" grade reflects a student's ability to clearly articulate his or her learning.

C+ through C-: For any work to receive a "C," it must meet the expectations of the assignment. It must demonstrate solid comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "C" grade reflects a student's ability to adequately articulate his or her learning.

D+ through D-: For any work to receive a "D," it must marginally meet the expectations of the assignment. It demonstrates minimal comprehension, critical thinking, and attention to detail. In addition, a "D" grade may reflect a student's difficulty in articulating his or her learning.

F: Work that receives an "F" grade does not meet the expectations or objectives of the assignment. It demonstrates consistent problems with comprehension, organization, critical thinking, and supporting details. In addition, an "F" grade reflects a student's inability to articulate his or her learning. Students are strongly urged to discuss this grade with their instructor and advisor.


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

The last day to use a Financial Aid advance to purchase textbooks is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Contact Faculty:

Email: James Blynt
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Ashraf Alamatouri


COMPARATIVE RELIGION - Summer 2020 - Syllabus

May 26
Syllabus, assignments, expectations, and considerations in studying religion
Film: “The Message of the Myth”
Introducing and defining religion

June 02
God is Not One, Intro and chapter 7
Film clip: “Twilight Zone:” Probe 7, Over and Out”
Quiz 1: Introduction

June 09
God is Not One, chapter 2
Quiz 2: Judaism

June 16
Christianity (continued)
Film, Mr. Rogers and Me
BOOK DUE: What Jesus Meant

June 23
God is Not One, chapter 1
Film: Rick Steves’ Iran
Quiz 3: Christianity

June 30
God is Not One, chapter 4
Quiz 4: Islam

July 07
Hinduism (continued)
Film clip: Naked in Ashes

July 14
God is Not One, chapter 5
Quiz 5: Hinduism

July 21
Buddhism (continued)
Film: Kundun
BOOK DUE: Siddhartha

July 28
God is Not One, chapter 3
Film clip: “The Visiting Aunts”
Quiz 6: Buddhism
Brief discussion of Zoroastrianism, Jainism, and Sikhism (time permitting)

Aug 04
God is Not One, chapter 8
Film clip: “Man in a Hurry”
BOOK DUE: The Tao of Pooh
Quiz 7: Confucianism

Aug 11
Atheism & Thoughts on Religion

Discussion: What does religion do
well and what does it do poorly?
Film: “Masks of Eternity”
Quiz 8: Taoism
Concluding remarks

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.

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